The Biggest Stories Of The Week (October 12, 2013)
This week was full of smaller tidbits again, but there is one thing to which I would like to call attention. Earlier this week, we shared the news that the PlayStation 4 won't be quite ready to support existing headsets at launch. At times, we need to refer to our sources as anonymous. We can't always detail how we were able to break a story lest we imperil those whose confidence we have promised to keep.
This is not one of those situations.
The news hit us on Wednesday morning. Astro Gaming (a high-end gaming audio company) sent out an email to all its registered customers to let them know how their existing products will work on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We could have run that story immediately, but as someone who has reviewed dozens of headsets, I'm aware that there are different methods to get chat and game audio from the console to the headset.
We immediately reached out to Sony to understand which devices would work and which wouldn't. While Astro products pull chat audio via USB, some transmit via Bluetooth. The answer we later received from Sony's PlayStation PR team was a bullet point list.
Sony-branded headsets, Pulse wireless headsets, and Pulse elite headsets will not work at launch. They will require an update coming at some point in the future.
Bluetooth headsets won't work for chat at all (chat is currently the only thing transmitted over Bluetooth connection). Any other third-party, USB-enabled headset will require a post-launch patch. Our understanding is that game audio over USB will also require a post-launch patch, but some headsets (like Astro's products) that use the Toslink port will work out of the box. Rest assured that as a user (and lover) of gaming headsets, I'm following this story closely with regard to both the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's promised Xbox One chat adapter.
- The League of Legends World Championships were held last weekend and SK Telecom T1 from Korea won it all.
- SNK has blocked the further sale of NeoGeo X consoles, but licensee Tommo is fighting back.
- The government of Quebec is investing in another game studio. This time, it's WB Montreal.
- The Dual Shock 4 controller will work on PCs on day one.
- The Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Kickstarter campaign finished with double its goal raised.
- Shadow of the Colossus is free now on PlayStation Plus.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts is getting dedicated server support on all current-gen, next-gen, and PC platforms.
- State of Decay has reached over one million players.
- Square Enix is launching its own crowdfunding program called Collective.
- Grand Theft Auto V has set a number of Guinness World Records.
- Chris Roberts' Star Citizen has raised over $21 million.
- Quadrilateral Cowboy took top prize at Indiecade.
- The Xbox One will give developers the power to automatically record achievements and key moments in their games.
- Dragon's Crown is getting cross-play in North America.
- The remaining bits of THQ are suing EA and UFC owner Zuffa over the UFC contract.
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is getting a season pass on every platform except Wii U.
- Double Fine is hosting a celebration of indie development called Day of the Dev.
- We have a full list of the Skylanders figures that will be available at launch tomorrow.
- Rockstar is giving GTA Online players $500,000 of in-game cash as an apology.
- Valve has released a video of someone using the Steam Controller in a variety of games.
- After a temporary injunction was lifted this week, Activision completed its stock buyout of parent company Vivendi.
Previews and Reviews
- November Cover Reveal - The Order: 1886
- An Overview Of The Order: 1886's Gameplay And Story
- Killer Instinct (Preview)
- XCOM: Enemy Within (Preview)
- The Long Dark (Preview)
- Drakengard 3 (Preview)
- South Park: The Stick of Truth (Preview)
- Thief (Preview)
Announcements and Release Dates
- Pokémon Bank and Pokémon Transporter are coming in December
- PixelJunk Shooter is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux next month.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is coming to PS4, Vita, PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 next month.
- United Front is working on another Sleeping Dogs game called Triad Wars.
- Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is coming to PC.
- Next-Gen versions of Need for Speed: Rivals are coming on November 22.
- Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father is getting a remake in honor of its 20th anniversary.
- Drakengard 3 is coming to North America in 2014.
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection is coming on November 5.
- Final Fantasy VI is coming to iOS devices before the end of the year.
- Double Fine's Costume Quest is now out on iOS.
- Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is getting a premium edition re-release on PC and PS3.
- Saints Row IV's Enter the Dominatrix DLC arrives on October 22.
- Blood Bowl 2 has been announced.
- The Wolf Among Us is out, but PS3 and Mac users have to wait.